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Well-known San Francisco painter Donald Feasél opens an exhibition of recent abstract paintings at One Post Street on September 8, as part of a series of exhibitions presented by Brian Gross Fine Art in the lobby gallery at Crocker Plaza. This exhibition features Feasél's radically new body of large abstract paintings.
Feasél's recent work is marked by a radical change in technique. Leaving the brush in favor of poured paint, Feasél allows gravity control over folded and propped up canvases. The resulting paintings, reminiscent of abstracted shapes from nature, burst across the surfaces in dramatic, organic, spontaneous gestures. Ranging in size from four feet square to ten feet by six feet, the paintings are rich in dynamic color and contrast and display a delicate balance between the negative space of the unprimed canvas and the accumulation and dispersion of thinly applied paint in deep browns and blacks with tonal accents of green, yellow, blue, and purple. The smooth translucent and vaporous tendrils of Feeder balance in the upper area of the canvas while in Nebro, a strong diagonal slices across the canvas and Altarus yields nebulous forms which rise across the canvas in a wash of smoky combustion.
Donald Feasél is an accomplished Bay Area painter whose abstract oil paintings have generated critical acclaim over the last ten years. He received his BA from UCLA in 1976 and studied with Elmer Bischoff at the University of California at Berkeley where he received his MFA in 1984. His work has been included in numerous Bay Area exhibitions. This is his fourth solo exhibition with Brian Gross Fine Art.